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CYCLING. I Gladstone on Cycling. I The late W. E. Gladstone was always a beHcver in the open-air life, and I am indebted to the "IrÜh Cv('1it" for a very interesting extract from an inter- dt'w with him, in which he published his view." on the value of cycling to the community. "I have noticed," he said, "with real and unfeigned pleasure the rapid growth of cycling in this country, for not only does it afford to many to whom it would be otherwise unobtain- able a healthy and pleasurable form of exercise, but it also enables them to derive all thn.se advantages of travel which, previous to the advent of cycling, were out of their reach. It provide.* them with the opportunity— I am now speaking of those in business during; the week—of leaving behind them the town,- and thickly- populated localities in which they carryon their work, and rapidly passing into the fresh. clear air of the country, with all its verdure, all its brightness, all its enjoyability. And it is far more profitable than the luxurious railway journey from the city to "ome definite point alolg some unalterable route ever which the traveller is whirled, with no time for observation and no opportunity of exainiiiiiig itie tliroiigii which he is carried. In cycling he ha.- abundant opportunity for htudyins all things cf interest in the country which he traverses, it. natural features, its characteristic-. its ¡ curiosities. At each halting-place, when lIe arrives, he ca>i lind time to enter into conversation with those around him. Each expedition thus becomes an in- structive and educating voyage of discovery, revealing to the cyclist and making him intimate with the nature, the claims, the wonders, and the peculiarities of the country in which he lives, pleasures which, in an equal extent, are denied to all other tourists." And Its Health Benefits. I "Of the bedih good derived," continued the great political leader, "from so manly and healthy a form of exercise, of the blessing it bestows, helping to main- tain a sound mind in a ,s-ound body, by the relaxation from the desk or counter, of the recreation in the open- ¡ air. of the energy it calls intQ play, I need hardly speak. I can cn!y emphasis the fact that I consider that phy- morall. aii(I the c.)-clin,- confer- on the men of the present day are almost unifounded, ;in-,] tlii?? lelief I t?decvoiir to act. iii) to l?i? lteartily coming an<)a<s)?ting.?o far as in me lies, the many Cyc:¡,ts who come to visit Hawarden and see the 1 grounds. One of the features of my reception in Edin- burgh which gavo me much pleasure was the escort cf oine 30 cyclist", who kept pace with the carriage up to the very lodge gates, forming a voluntary b(xl\ guard. To the onlookers two of the most attractive parts about cycling are the keenness of its devotees and the kind of freemasonry which exists amongst them." This was said at. a time when the great majority of the leaders of the people looked askance at cycling. Vener- able doctors prophesied all kind, of ills if cycling con- tinued. Fortunately, the sound sense of the people and th" advocacy of the mo(lernschcol,. of medicine gradu- ally wore down these defences, but the views of the O.O.M. are just as sound on this question its ever, and his testimony may carry.some weight with those who a,re still nervous of the benefits of the best of :111 pastimes and the great democratic means of read loco- motion.

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